Coronavirus, QAnon, Trump: Your Monday Briefing

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Good morning.

We’re covering the steep increase in coronavirus cases in Europe, the growing popularity of QAnon among Germany’s far-right fringe and the latest investigation into Trump’s tax returns.

Even Germany, much praised for its testing and contact-tracing capabilities, reported a record 8,000 new infections on Saturday, by far its highest single-day number, though the country’s seven-day average of new daily cases remains far below its spring peak of almost 5,600.

Chancellor Angela Merkel

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144 Foot NEO To Fly By Earth On Monday

KEY POINTS

  • A 144-foot asteroid is set to fly by Earth on Monday
  • 2020RV2 is about one-fourth as tall as Seattle’s Space Needle
  • The NEO has not been included in ESA’s Risk List

A 144-foot Near-Earth Object (NEO) is set to fly by the planet on Monday, NASA’S Center for Near Earth Object Studies data revealed. 

Though the month of October has just started, it has already been met with a number of asteroids zipping past the planet. On Monday, a 144-foot NEO tagged 2020RV2 is expected to make its flyby at at 6:56 p.m. EDT. To get a better grasp of its size, that’s about seven times as tall as a fully grown giraffe and is about one-fourth as tall as the Space Needle in Seattle.

From a distance of about 5 million kilometers from the planet’s surface, 2020RV2 will be flying by at an astonishing 4.16 kilometers per

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Amazon Prime Day and earlier holiday shopping will ding Black Friday, Cyber Monday

It’s beginning to look a lot like holiday shopping season even though it’s not Halloween. You can thank evolving shopping habits, COVID-19, a delayed Amazon Prime Day, supply chain concerns, and crimped consumer and business budgets.

The moving parts are going to be enough to make Black Friday more of a 2020 retailing blip than the biggest shopping day of the year.

Simply put, the calendar is moving forward and households won’t have as much to spend. The winners will be Amazon, which is likely to deliver its biggest fourth quarter in history, and retailers such as Walmart, Best Buy, and Target that have mastered buy online pickup in-store and other digital sales tactics.

In addition, Amazon’s rivals are all planning sales around Prime Day. Those moves will just create a flywheel of demand that’ll minimize the importance of retail’s big holiday shopping days.

Consider some data on holiday

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NASA launches new $23 million space toilet to ISS. It should arrive Monday

A recently designed space toilet that better accommodates women is headed to the International Space Station. The new loo was packed inside a cargo ship that successfully blasted off Friday evening at 6:16 p.m. PT from  NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia. The astronauts will give the toilet a test run for the next few months.



This unusual-looking space toilet will be tested by the astronauts on ISS. NASA


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This unusual-looking space toilet will be tested by the astronauts on ISS. NASA



Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti shows off the hose on the current toilet for when you need to pee. 


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Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti shows off the hose on the current toilet for when you need to pee. 


Weighing almost 100 pounds (45 kilograms) and measuring 28 inches (71 centimeters) tall, the new toilet is about half as big as the two Russian-built toilets already in use at the ISS. This new toilet is 65% smaller and almost half as light than current ISS toilets in use.

The new, smaller

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U.S. House Judiciary antitrust report likely to come out as soon as Monday October 5: source

FILE PHOTO: The logos of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google in a combination photo from Reuters files

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee is expected to release a much-anticipated report into antitrust allegations against four of America’s largest tech companies as soon as Monday, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter.

The chief executives of four of the world’s largest tech companies, Amazon.com Inc, Facebook Inc, Apple and Alphabet’s Google, testified before the panel in July.

During the hearing, the four CEOs parried a range of accusations that they crippled smaller rivals in their quest for market share. The four companies have a combined market value of about $5 trillion.

The House antitrust subcommittee plans to hold a hearing on Friday on proposals to strengthen antitrust laws and restore online competition as it nears the release of this long-awaited report on

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U.S. House Judiciary antitrust report likely to come out as soon as Monday Oct. 5 – source

FILE PHOTO: The logos of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google in a combination photo from Reuters files/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee is expected to release a much-anticipated report into antitrust allegations against four of America’s largest tech companies as soon as Monday, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter.

The chief executives of four of the world’s largest tech companies, Amazon.com Inc, Facebook Inc, Apple and Alphabet’s Google, testified before the panel in July.

During the hearing, the four CEOs parried a range of accusations that they crippled smaller rivals in their quest for market share. The four companies have a combined market value of about $5 trillion.

The House antitrust subcommittee plans to hold a hearing on Friday on proposals to strengthen antitrust laws and restore online competition as it nears the release of this long-awaited report

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Thai Stock Market Overdue For Support On Monday

(RTTNews) – The Thai stock market has finished lower in five straight sessions, sliding almost 45 points 3.4 percent along the way. The Stock Exchange of Thailand now sits just beneath the 1,245-point plateau although it’s expected to find traction on Monday.

The global forecast for the Asian markets is upbeat, with technology stocks expected to lead the markets higher amidst bargain hunting. The European markets were mixed and the U.S. bourses were sharply higher and the Asian markets figure to follow the latter lead.

The SET finished slightly lower on Friday following losses from the financial shares and the energy producers.

For the day, the index eased 2.52 points or 0.20 percent to finish at 1,244.94 after trading between 1,241.66 and 1,256.40. Volume was 12.687 billion shares worth 45.623 billion baht. There were 898 decliners and 544 gainers, with 461 stocks finishing unchanged.

Among the actives, Advanced Info shed

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Taiwan Stock Market May Find Traction On Monday

(RTTNews) – The Taiwan stock market has moved lower in five straight sessions, sinking almost 650 points or 5.3 percent along the way. The Taiwan Stock Exchange now rests just above the 12,230-point plateau although it’s expected to halt its slide on Monday.

The global forecast for the Asian markets is upbeat, with technology stocks expected to lead the markets higher amidst bargain hunting. The European markets were mixed and the U.S. bourses were sharply higher and the Asian markets figure to follow the latter lead.

The TSE finished modestly lower on Friday as losses from the technology stocks were mitigated by support from the financials and cement companies.

For the day, the index fell 31.49 points or 0.26 percent to finish at 12,232.91 after trading between 12,149.81 and 12,385.81.

Among the actives, Cathay Financial rose 0.26 percent, while Mega Financial jumped 1.67 percent, Fubon Financial collected 0.46 percent, First

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Uber’s Future in London Rests on Two Key Rulings on Monday

(Bloomberg) — Uber Technologies Inc. faces a two-pronged test to regain its London license when a judge issues his ruling Monday.



a hand holding a cellphone: A commuter uses the Uber Technologies Inc. app on a smartphone in view of 30 St Mary Axe also known as 'the Gherkin' in this arranged photograph in London, U.K., on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. Uber lost its license in London for the second time in less than three years, putting one of its biggest markets outside of the U.S. at risk after the transport regulator said it failed to address safety concerns.


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A commuter uses the Uber Technologies Inc. app on a smartphone in view of 30 St Mary Axe also known as ‘the Gherkin’ in this arranged photograph in London, U.K., on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. Uber lost its license in London for the second time in less than three years, putting one of its biggest markets outside of the U.S. at risk after the transport regulator said it failed to address safety concerns.

The ride-hailing app’s future in its biggest European market hinges on whether Deputy Chief Magistrate Tan Ikram finds it “fit and proper” to operate in the capital. If he does, Transport for London and Uber will negotiate a license, and the judge will have to approve the length. If it loses, Uber can continue

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Historic SpaceX rocket slated to launch more Starlink satellites Monday

Elon Musk’s trademark reusable rocket will be making its third flight when it lifts off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. This specific unit sent astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to orbit in May and then launched a South Korean satellite in July. So far, SpaceX has managed to launch and land the same rocket up to six times

The launch was originally scheduled for earlier in the month, but was pushed back a day and then postponed again due to less than ideal weather conditions in the Atlantic where the first stage and the fairing were set to be recovered. Now, with more settled seas, the mission is scheduled for a 7:22 a.m. PT (10:22 a.m. in Florida) liftoff time Monday.


a group of clouds in the sky with smoke coming out of it: A Falcon 9 blasts off on Aug. 30.


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A Falcon 9 blasts off on Aug. 30.

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